Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative
Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative is about pictures of verbs, the representation of mechanism and motion, process and dynamics, causes and effects, explanation and narrative. Practical applications and examples include statistical graphics, charts for making important decisions in engineering and medicine, technical manuals, diagrams, design of computer interfaces and websites and on-line manuals, animations and scientific visualizations, techniques for talks, and design strategies for enhancing the rate of information transfer in print, presentations, and computer screens. The use of visual evidence in deciding to launch the space shuttle Challenger is discussed in careful detail. Video snapshots show redesigns of a supercomputer animation of a thunderstorm. The book is designed and printed to the highest standards, with luscious color throughout and four built-in flaps for showing motion and before/after effects.
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Every color tint on the map signals four variables : latitude, longitude, sea or land,
and depth or altitude measured in meters. Then, on a visual layer separated from
the blue tints, thin gray lines trace out the routes of the oceanographic ships ...
By indicating depth with visually minimal gradations in color, the cartographers
were able to add an extra two-dimensional layer of gray- line data right on top of
the ocean contours. Minimal differences allow more differences. In ghastly ...
The subject-matter of Cezanne is not an apple or a person or a glass but a color-
space structure and rhythm. Seurat broke light into "points" of color (like o prism
does) and your eyes mix them together at a distance. One doesn't think to drink ...
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An eye-opening read. As a linguistic who deals with databases, this book dramatically improved my writing and design of graphics for publication. Read full review
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In "Visual Explanations," Tufte walks us through various case studies of visual explanations (charts, graphs, graphics, diagrams and maps). Some of the case studies are about great works, while others ... Read full review
Images and Quantities
Displays of Evidence for Making Decisions
Pictorial Instructions and Disinformation Design
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